Fantasia in G Major (Bach)

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Richard Franko Goldman and Robert L. Leist)


This work bears the designation BWV 572, Gravement.


General Info

Year: 1703-7 / 1960 / 2012
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $9.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

In parts:

  • Cornet II, 11 meas. after reh. B: Add reh. C
  • Trombone I, 15 meas. after reh. H: Add reh. I ("eye")

For more errata, see Kopetz article in The Instrumentalist


Program Notes

The great G Major Fantasia for organ was composed between 1703 and 1707 during Bach's residence in Arnstadt. It was here, at the beginning of his career, that his music was found to be too full of "wonderful variations and foreign tones"; and certainly the Fantasia is strikingly dissonant in its constant texture of suspensions. But the breadth of the five-part polyphonic writing and the richness of the harmonic sonority make the Fantasia one of the grandest of all Bach's compositions for organ. It is also one that lends itself most perfectly to the sound and sonorities of the modern wind band.

The transcription by Richard Franko Goldman and Robert L. Leist was undertaken as a memorial to Edwin Franko Goldman, who was the first bandmaster to include the works of Bach regularly in the band's concert repertoire, and who did so much to introduce the music of this great master to wide audiences. In this transcription an attempt is made to recapture the sound of the Baroque organ through the medium of the modern band. The first performance of this transcription was given by The Goldman Band, Richard Franko Goldman conducting, on July 1, 1957.

- Note by MusicExpert.com


Perusing the score of Bach's Fantasia in G Major may give the impression that this work has little technical challenge and will come together with ease. While this work can indeed be performed by community bands, honor bands, high school bands, and collegiate groups, ample rehearsal time must be allotted. For younger players, the primary challenge is to look beyond whole notes and half notes to find the expressive musical line in each part. Controlling the timbre and pitch of sustained harmonies will take concentration and muscular development. Fortunately, this piece translates very well to the wind band medium and would program appropriately in the middle portion of a concert set.

- Note from Great Music for Wind Bands


Media


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: Grade IV
  • Florida: FBA Band Grade V
  • Georgia: GA Band Grade V
  • Iowa: IA HS MUSIC ASSOC BAND GRADE IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: BAND 2011 GRADE III
  • Louisiana: BAND 2011 GRADE V
  • Massachusetts: GRADE IV
  • Michigan: SENIOR HIGH CLASS AA
  • Minnesota: MN HS LEAGUE BAND GRADE I
  • Minnesota: Category 1
  • North Carolina: Concert Band.Grade V
  • New York: 20 05 CONCERT BAND LEVEL V
  • Oklahoma: CONCERT BAND CLASS VA
  • South Carolina: SC Band Grade V
  • Tennessee: Grade IV
  • Texas: Band Grade V.Complete
  • Virginia: CONCERT BAND GRADE IV


Performances

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Resources

  • Bach, J.; Goldman, R.; Leist, R. (1960). Fantasia in G Major [score]. Mercury Music: Bryn Mawr, Penn.
  • Kopetz, Barry. (1993). "Bach's Fantasia in G: An Interpretive Analysis." The Instrumentalist 48, no. 1; pp. 25-34.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 481-487.
  • Nicholson, Chad. (2009). Great Music for Wind Band: A Guide to the Top 100 Works in Grades IV, V, VI. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications. pp 2-3.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 24.